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Operation “HAWK DESCEND” seizes frozen poultry products worth over N12m

CGC, Dikko Abdullahi

poultry products worth over N12 million was seized during the first week of
operation “Hawk Descend” in the South Western axis of Nigeria – Benin border, the
Nigeria Customs Service said on Thursday.

A statement by the National Public Relations Officer of
the NCS, Wale Adeniyi, said that the seizures
consist of 1,803 (One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Three) cartons of the banned
products confiscated in the operation. 

He said that most of the seizures were
made when commercial vehicles conveying the products were apprehended by
Customs Officers.

According to Adeniyi, a significant
number of the seizures were made on the Iyafin Badagry waterways on the Lagoon
that stretches through the Nigeria – Benin Border.

A breakdown given in the statement showed that a total
of 975 cartons of frozen poultry products were seized by the Federal Operations
Unit, while the Seme Command made a seizure of 461 cartons.

Seizures made by the Western Marine Command were 110
cartons, while those made by the Oyo/Osun Command were 247 cartons, making it a
total of 1,803 cartons, the statement showed.

He said that in making an assessment of the operation
in its first week, the Comptroller General of Customs, Dikko Abdullahi, acknowledged the support of border communities in
effecting the seizures.

He said that Comptroller General
commended the communities for obliging the Customs patrol Officers reliable
intelligence about the activities of poultry products smugglers and cold room

Adeniyi said that the Comptroller General urged hotel and restaurant owners, fast food outlet operators and barbecue sellers to shun smuggled chicken, noting that the protection of the Nigerian poultry sector is the responsibility of all.

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